A 57-year-old businessman has been remanded to Dodd’s Prison after appearing in court charged in connection with a ten million dollar drug haul involving both cocaine and marijuana.
George Reginald Parris of 318 Inch Gate Terrace, Well House, St. Philip appeared at the St. Matthias Magistrates Court this morning to answers eight charges.
He was not required to plead to the indictable charges of possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation of about a ton of cocaine and marijuana found in a shipping container.
The police say that last Thursday, Valentines Day, officers from Customs Enforcement Division, the Police Drug Squad and Canine Division, and the Barbados Coast Guard conducted a search of a container shipped to a business place in St. John.  During the search of the container which contained recycled paper, a large quantity of marijuana and cocaine was found.
As a result, Mr Parris was subsequently charged.
The weight of the marijuana was one thousand and 28 kilograms which is equivalent to two thousand 262 pounds with an estimated street value of more than nine million Barbados dollars.
The weight of the cocaine is 22.7 kilograms with an estimated street value of 1.1 million Barbados dollars.
Mr Parris who owns Ace Recycling and R and R Ironworks was represented by Q.C.s Michael Lashley and Hal Gollop as well as Dayna Taylor-Lavine and Khadesha Wickham.
He was remanded until his next court appearance on March 19th.